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RedBull1Photo Credit: Chris Liao

What does it take to make a leap from the edge of space?

One might say courage, or bravery, in the ceaseless pursuit to push the edges of science. And another might say that quintessential human drive to forge a legacy—to leave your mark on the sands of time.

Irrespective of the reason, those edges were pushed on October 14, 2012 when Felix Baumgartner became the first person to break the sound barrier in free fall—without the protection or propulsion of a vehicle. Sustaining supersonic velocity for 30 seconds of his four minute free fall, Baumgartner and the entire Stratos team worked tirelessly for five years to surpass this significant scientific milestone.

To commemorate the historic event, MKTG INC concepted and produced a traveling museum exhibit for the Red Bull Stratos Project. Visitors were able to learn about the history of the Stratos project, the team members, and the key scientific discoveries gleaned from Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking fall 38,969.4 miles up in the stratosphere. Interactive slideshows, video, as well as the actual capsule and spacesuit used in the project kicked off on May 2, 2013 in Houston, TX at the Space Center Houston.

The exhibit will tour around the country into 2014.

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The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a new exhibition that speaks, I think, to what we do here at MKTG INC.  The V&A invited nineteen architects to submit plans for tiny structures representing the concept of escape, and then they built seven of them.  They’re nestled among the regular exhibits, and visits can actually enter and explore them.

My favorite is Ark by Rintala Eggertsson Architects, a wooden tower with walls of books that surround a central staircase and little reading nooks–you experience the structure itself in real life, and you can also experience the worlds hidden in the books in your imagination.  All of which shows yet again that unique, immersive experiences can be utterly transporting and powerful. Via treehugger

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Written by Megan O'Malley
Megan O'Malley

June 22nd, 2010 at 11:42 am